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The questionable future for Hyde and Roby casts a shadow over Ohio State’s chance for another undefeated season. Star quarterback Braxton Miller leads a talented group of returning players, making the Buckeyes the favorite in the Big Ten and a legitimate contender for the national title.

Meyer, for one, is vowing to keep the focus on the field for the sake of the other players on the squad.

“I don’t want a disruption for this team,” he said. “The guys work too hard. To have a couple of knuckleheads make some decisions that reflect the entire program, that’s not — I guess it’s part of the deal. It’s something that bothers me, bothers our staff, and we work very hard to avoid with our players.”


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